June 17, 2014 at 1:00 am

River's Edge set to open; Michigan distillers unite

The soon-to-open River's Edge Brewing Co. in Milford will offer patio seating. (River's Edge Brewing Company)

Just in time for outdoor summer beer-sipping, the River’s Edge Brewing Company may open in Milford as early as next week.

Located along the Huron River and across the street from Central Park at 125 S. Main, the new brewery will craft an IPA, stout, hefeweizen, pale ale, kolsch and even a cask ale that will be named Milford Pub Ale. The brewer is Kim Schneider, who has worked with North Peak, Dragonmead and Bastone.

The 3,600-square-foot microbrewery will serve snacks and panini sandwiches (made with local ingredients) to complement the brew. Sit inside or on the patio.

Keep an eye on www.riversedgebrew.com for the exact opening date.

Local distilleries unite

Did you know that Michigan has the fourth largest craft distilling industry in the country? Several key players in this business have come together to form the Michigan Craft Distillers Association.

The group will offer membership to any facility that actively distills craft spirits in the state, as well as the suppliers, venues and stores that sell them. The association’s president is Rufino Valentine of Valentine Distilling, and other board members include representatives from Grand Traverse Distillery, Black Star Farms, Red Cedar Spirits and Artisan Distilling and New Holland Artisan Spirits.

Visit www.SpiritsOfMichigan.com for more info.

MGM Grand's TAP offers throwback TV dinners

TAP bar and restaurant inside MGM Grand Casino is offering comfort food in the style of classic TV dinners, but without the microwave and tin foil.

Thursday’s home-style entree is country fried steak with mashed potatoes, asparagus, a biscuit and fudge brownie bar. It’s served in a portioned tray. Look for smothered pork chops with gravy, veggies, dinner roll and apple cranberry cake on June 26.

Also new on MGM’s dining scene, Relish in the Breeze Dining Court received a revamp to the menu, which now includes made-to-order beef and turkey burgers, Philly steak sandwich, grilled chicken club sandwich, buffalo sausage links and more.

Deliciously brief

■World fusion restaurant Aqua opened in downtown Plymouth last week. The fine dining restaurant has an Asian and seafood spin, and a gorgeous, modern interior. Find it at 413 N. Main. Call (734) 335-7474.

■Detroit-based Atwater Brewery has started offering its most popular beers — Dirty Blonde, Grand Circus IPA and Atwater Lager — in 12-ounce cans. This is the first time beer has been canned in the city since Stroh Brewery closed in the 1980s.

■The Hill Seafood and Chophouse in Grosse Point Farms is offering a free entree to this year’s high school and college graduates with the purchase of at least one entree. The promotion is valid Monday-Thursday until July 1, and proof of graduation must be presented.

Food and beverage events calendar

The Art of the Cocktail at MBrew: Bartenders from Ferndale bars will compete to have their concoction be declared “The Official Cocktail of Ferndale.” Tickets include tastings of the competing drinks and appetizers. There’s also a silent auction. Some of the participating bartenders are Shane McGrath of the Oakland, Nick Brancaleone of Valentine Distilling, Michele Crimi of Danny’s Irish Pub and Brent Foster of Woodward Avenue Brewers. 6-10 p.m. Thurs. $40. 177 Vester, Ferndale. (248) 546-1632.

Summer Solstice Celebration at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.: Special release kegs, cellared drafts, live music and food from Detroit BBQ Company. 4 p.m. Fri. and 11 a.m. Sat. 5919 Chicago, Warren. (586) 979-8361.

Summer Beer Festival at Campus Martius: More than 60 breweries from around the world will be represented at this annual outdoor event. 7-10 p.m. Fri. and 1-5 p.m. Sat. $45 each day, $70 two-day pass, $10 designated driver, VIP sessions $65-$110. 800 Woodward, Detroit. www.detroitsummerbeerfest.com.

Wild West Summer Beer Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: Craft beer and cocktails, live music, celebrity dunk tank, fowling and more. 7 p.m. Sat. $40-$45, $60-$65 VIP, $10 designated driver. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. www.wildwestbeerfest.com.

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week: More than 50 restaurants will participate in this dining promotion that includes $15 lunches and $28 three-course dinners (for one or two people, depending on the restaurant). Sunday-June 27. www.annarborrestaurantweek.com.

Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park: One of the largest and most popular beer festivals of the year, this annual event boasts more than 800 beers from 80 Michigan breweries. 5-9 p.m. July 25 and 1-6 p.m. July 26. $35-$40. 5 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. www.mibeer.com.

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Angler's Ale will be at Detroit's beer festival. (Arcadia Brewing Co.)